Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman planning to return to Senate in mid-April after depression treatment

John Fetterman checks himself into hospital for clinical depression

Senator John Fetterman She plans to return to the Senate in the week of April 17 after undergoing psychiatric treatment, according to Reuters.

The Pennsylvania senator had signed on Walter Reed National Military Medical Center On February 15th for clinical depression.

Fetterman suffered a near-fatal stroke during the 2022 election campaign, which left him with an auditory processing disorder. The newly elected senator had difficulty processing spoken words quickly and needed to use transcribing equipment while working.

Doctors say that post-stroke depression is common in patients, with 1 in 3 stroke patients experiencing it. Fetterman’s office also said he had suffered from depression “on and off throughout his life.”

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FILE - Senator John Fetterman, D-Penn, leaves an intelligence briefing on the unidentified aerial objects shot down by the US military this weekend at the Capitol Building in Washington, Feb. 14, 2023. Fetterman's office expects him to soon return to the room.  , though Democratic leaders did not give a timeline for five weeks after he sought inpatient treatment for clinical depression.

FILE – Senator John Fetterman, D-Penn, leaves an intelligence briefing on the unidentified aerial objects shot down by the US military this weekend at the Capitol Building in Washington, Feb. 14, 2023. Fetterman’s office expects him to soon return to the room. , though Democratic leaders did not give a timeline for five weeks after he sought inpatient treatment for clinical depression. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Fetterman’s staff said he seemed withdrawn and uninterested in talking or eating before he was admitted to the hospital. He was reportedly receiving daily personal briefings on current events throughout his treatment.

Fetterman served on the Senate floor for six weeks before being admitted to the inpatient facility. His fellow Democrats were supportive of his impeachment.

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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor and Democratic nominee for US Senator John Fetterman speaks at a reception for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in Philadelphia on October 28, 2022.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor and Democratic nominee for US Senator John Fetterman speaks at a reception for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in Philadelphia on October 28, 2022. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

We want to give him space to recover. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer He said at a news conference last week. “He needs it, it’s fair, it’s true.”

Penn State Senator Bob Casey said he avoided contacting Fetterman to prevent overburdening him, but spoke with staff members who confirmed he was making good progress.

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US President Joe Biden is greeted by then Pennsylvania Governor and Democratic Senate candidate Jon Fetterman upon his arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2022.

US President Joe Biden is greeted by then Pennsylvania Governor and Democratic Senate candidate Jon Fetterman upon his arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2022. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

“I’m just glad he got the time he needed, and most people realize that these things don’t happen in two or three weeks, it just takes a little bit longer,” Casey told the AP.

Lawrence Richard of Fox News, Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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